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The Growing Child: 1-Year-Olds

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How much will my baby grow?

After a baby's first birthday, the rate of growth begins to slow down. The baby is now a toddler and is very active. While all children may grow at a different rate, the following indicates the average for 1-year-old boys and girls:

What can my baby do at this age?

As your baby continues to grow, you will notice new and exciting abilities that develop. While babies may progress at different rates, the following are some of the common milestones your baby may reach in this age group:

What can my baby say?

Speech development is very exciting for parents as they watch their babies become social beings that can interact with others. While every baby develops speech at his/her own rate, the following are some of the common milestones in this age group:

What does my baby understand?

By about 18 months of age, children begin to understand symbols - the relationship of objects and their meanings. While children may progress at different rates, the following are some of the common milestones children may reach in this age group:

How does my baby interact with others?

As children begin to walk, they may begin to show independence and will try to walk further away from the parent, but will return. Separation anxiety and fear of strangers may lessen, then return at about 18 months. While every child is unique and will develop different personalities, the following are some of the common behavioral traits that may be present in your child:

How to help increase your baby's learning and emotional security:

Consider the following as ways to foster the emotional security of your 1-year-old:

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